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Saturday 18 November 2017

Time for Trap to change his formation and drop Keane, insists Brady

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

LIAM BRADY believes it is time for Giovanni Trapattoni to change to a formation that would involve dropping captain Robbie Keane.

The former Ireland assistant boss feels that Keane, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Damien Duff should prolong their international careers -- even if, in some cases, they may not play in every game.

While Trapattoni recently hinted that he will stick with his rigid 4-4-2 for the upcoming World Cup campaign, Brady disagrees with the Italian's assertion that Ireland lack the players to switch to a 4-3-3.

He would like to see Ireland adapt to that system, feeling it would bring the best out of rising star James McCarthy, but acknowledges that the price of change would be sacrificing the country's record goalscorer.

"If you're going to go to that formation, it would probably mean Robbie wouldn't be in it," said Brady. "I don't think he'd be frightened of that at all (dropping Keane). I think what he genuinely believes is that the other formation is better at getting results, and you might argue until the cows come home with him.

"I was hoping that he might change. I would say the players are there. If he's going to play James McCarthy, it would suit him more in a three. I hope he does it because I'm a great supporter of Giovanni as a person, and he's totally dedicated to his job. The players are there for a 4-3-3."

The future intentions of Keane, Dunne, Given and Duff are unclear after Trapattoni left them out of the squad for the forthcoming friendly with Serbia.

With Keith Andrews suspended for September's opening qualifier against Kazakhstan, Trapattoni hinted that McCarthy might get a chance in Belgrade.

"I thought he should have been in quite a while ago," said Brady. "He's a very good player. We'll see how he gets on in a 4-4-2."

Irish Independent

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